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Discover the Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops

Program Number: 2018RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Wallops Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $536.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History; National Parks; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Wild ponies, fresh and saltwater wetlands, sand dunes and small town hospitality await you in one of Virginia’s most unique settings among the barrier islands of the Delmarva Peninsula. Experience Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Island. Chincoteague’s fascinating history of the settlement of the Eastern Shore sets it apart. Gain access to NASA’s restricted Wallops Island to study an environment left unspoiled. And explore Assateague’s forests and discover the wild ponies.




Highlights

• Explore a little-seen, restricted area of the refuge to spot wild ponies and amazing birds and wildlife.
• Experience a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth and trawl the ocean floor to sample myriad organisms found here.
• Learn about the art and history of the waterfowl decoy as a world-renowned carver demonstrates his skill.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a quarter-mile at a time.



Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.




Wallops Island

Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers a historic and scenic combination of maritime heritage, wave-swept beaches, and both fresh and saltwater wetlands, as well as Wallops Island, a barrier island just off the coast in Chesapeake Bay.



Accommodations
New residential hall with university-style suites, two bedrooms per bathroom, air-conditioning.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy West

Nancy Richards West has lived on Chincoteague Island for three decades, using this picturesque setting as inspiration for her paintings. The first resident artist chosen by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the thrill of painting en plein air often lures her out of the studio and into the field, where she captures the effects of changing light, weather and seasons. Nancy has extensive training in classical drawing and color theory, and her delicate treatment of oils is subtly elegant.
 
Roe Terry

Roe Terry is an award-winning decoy maker and a Chincoteague Island saltwater cowboy. Roe began carving bird decoys as a child under the guidance of a local decoy maker; today he produces more than 300 decoys and artistic bird carvings per year and has won many awards for his craftsmanship. Roe is also an expert on the famous Chincoteague ponies, having participated in the pony swim for nearly 40 years as a “saltwater cowboy” who herds the horses across the Assateague Channel.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  Wallops Island 5 nights
 Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Type: Field Station
  Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.
  Contact info: 34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org
  Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage
  Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).
  Additional nights prior: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration is from 3:00- 5:00 PM in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Education Center You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 1:00 PM on the last day of the program. You will be staying at Chincoteague Bay Field Station the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. You will be visiting a NASA base and will need a photo ID. Foreign Nationals will need to complete the Foreign National Form 6 weeks in advance in order to gain access to the NASA/Navy Base. You may want to bring your Golden Age Pass/Golden Eagle Pass/Duck Stamp if you plan on visiting the National Wildlife Refuge on your own. Health form and release due prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Wallops Island
  Nearest city or town:  Chincoteague, VA
  Nearest highway: VA Rt 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury Airport (SBY)
  From End of Program
  Location: Wallops Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oak Hall / T's Corner

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.25 

   

Please call the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and let us know in advance if you are arriving by bus to Oak Hall, Virginia. We will arrange a ride for you.

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. Avis, Enterprise and Hertz rentals have desks and cars at the airport. Avis: (410) 742-8566 Enterprise: (410) 677-3810 Hertz: (410) 749-2235

 

Salisbury, MD

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound
phone: 180-023-1222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

Bus station is a 5.2 mile ride from the airport by taxi. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008 You will be traveling to the bus stop in Oak Hall, Va. Information is provided above about how to get from there to your final destination.

 

Salisbury MD ( Airport-Taxi-Greyhound Bus Station-Marine Science Consortium)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

From the Salisbury Regional Airport you can take the Greyhound Bus to the program. The bus station is a 7 mile ride from the airport by taxi. You will be traveling to the bus stop in OAK HALL, VA. Greyhound Station Address 350 CYPRESS ST Salisbury, MD 21801 IMPORTANT: Tickets are NOT sold at the location in Salisbury. You may get tickets by mail for trips departing from Salisbury if you buy at least two weeks in advance. Tickets may be purchased on Greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

Costs include both the arrival and return trips. Costs may fluctuate over time. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Cost: $206 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 Cost: $199 cash $239 credit

 

Salisbury Regional Airport to Greyhound Station

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Service
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

15 min ride from Airport to the Greyhound Station 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 Miles

   

Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008

 

Norfolk International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price of rental + $12.00 toll for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.3 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. The following companies have cars and desks at the airport: Alamo (800) 462-5266 Avis (800) 831-2847 Budget (800) 527-0700 Dollar (800) 800-3665 Enterprise (800) 736-8222 Hertz (800) 654-3131 National (800) 227-7368 Thrifty (800) 367-2277

 

From Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport to The Chincoteague Bay Field Station

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Shuttle cost: $25.00/one way and $45.00/round trip.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

The CBFS offers limited Airport shuttle service on the first/last day of programs. On the first day the shuttle departs the airport at 1 pm and arrives at the CBFS by 2:30 pm. On the last day the shuttle departs the CBFS at 1 pm and arrives at the airport by 3:30 pm. Because shuttle service is limited and air travel unpredictable we advise scheduling your flight to arrive well in advance and to depart well after the scheduled shuttle times. Call at least 4 weeks in advance for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  VA Rt 13 Follow Route 13 (Lankford Highway) to the traffic light at VA 175 (T’s Corner and Chincoteague Road). This is about 4 miles south of the MD-VA border on the Delmarva Peninsula. Take VA 175 E for approximately 3 miles. At the traffic light take a left onto Atlantic Road. At the end of Atlantic Road (approx. 0.5 miles) bear left onto Mill Dam Road. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is located on your right. Turn right onto Enterprise Street (the right after the Chincoteague Bay Field Station sign), then make an immediate left. Check in will be at the Education Center.
Elevation Note: Sea level

Equipment Requirements: Our programs run rain or shine, bring rain gear. Bring a pair of sneakers or boots shoes you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Sun screen is strongly recommended. Insect repellent is also recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check in with your leader at the CBFS Education Center from 3:00-5:00 PM. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.
 Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Sample local crabs and shrimp or if you choose, grilled chicken, or portabello mushrooms.
 Evening: Learn about the week ahead and meet the other program participants.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge /Wild Ponies/ /Regional History
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Dining Hall from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: Hear a member of the Refuge's education system talk about the unique features of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on the Island at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take a tour of one of the little seen, restricted access areas of the Refuge. Here we will see Wild Ponies, Birds and Amazing Wildlife. Afterwards we will take a driving tour of the island to see the sites, revisit the history and learn some local trivia.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the CBFS cafeteria. Our dining staff will prepare and serve your meal cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar.
 Evening: Chincoteague Island and the surrounding area have a fascinating and unique history that sets them apart, even from the rest of the Eastern Shore! Learn the story of the settlement of Virginia's Eastern Shore from a local history teacher. Start the week with an introduction to some of the traditions and customs of our island that have evolved from hundreds of years of isolation and still remain. See them transpire during your stay here on The Island!
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Art Lecture/ Wallops Island Visit/ Artifacts of the Eastern Shore
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Morning: A world-renowned carver will demonstrate his skill in creating a decoy. As he carves, learn this art's fascinating history that includes hunting, 1920's fashion and worldwide competitions. OR Watch a painting come to life as a local, professional artist talks about and demonstrates the techniques used to render our natural world on canvas.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Afternoon: The restricted access on the NASA Wallops Island base left an environment that is great for education as well as shelling. A field-based lecture will leave you with an in-depth understanding of beach dynamics, morphology and shell identification!
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at an area restaurant
 Evening: Rocks are hard to find here. So how did Native Americans make their tools? Learn this and much more as an expert in Eastern Shore artifacts shares his impressive breadth of knowledge and expansive collection of artifacts with us. Then watch a demonstration of knapping: the ancient technique used to fashion tools from stone.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruise aboard our research vessel / Take the Afternoon off to visit area sites/ Learn about the Life of a Waterman
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Morning: Take a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth! We will employ oceanographic research methods to measure our physical and chemical environment; then we will otter trawl to sample the myriad organisms found in our estuary.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at an area restaurant
 Afternoon: This is a free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, fish, shop, or just relax on our pristine beach
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at an area restaurant
 Evening: Discuss the local fisheries and life on the water with a local waterman!
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Local Artist/ NASA Visitor Center/ Musician
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Morning: A world-renowned carver will demonstrate his skill in creating a decoy. As he carves, learn this art's fascinating history that includes hunting, 1920's fashion and worldwide competitions. OR Watch a painting come to life as a local, professional artist talks about and demonstrates the techniques used to render our natural world on canvas.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Local Restaurant
 Afternoon: We will have an exciting afternoon lecture about the history of Wallops Islands Space Flight Center! We will then take a field trip to the NASA visitor center.
 Dinner: Sample some of our local fare, clams, crab or maybe a juicy steak!
 Evening: Enjoy evening entertainment by very talented local musicians and storytellers.
   
Accommodations: Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Wild Ponies of Assateague/Check out & Departure
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Morning: Hear about the wild Chincoteague ponies from a colorful Saltwater Cowboy.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the CBFS cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Check out with your leader and say goodbye!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras


Author: Kenneth L. Gosner


Description: More than 1,000 illustrations, arranged according to visual similarities, show plant and animal species of the Atlantic Coast from the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras. This guide includes information on how to locate each species by geographic range, tidal range, tidal level, season, topography, and climate.



Assateague: Island of Wild Ponies


Author: Andrea Jauck and Larry Points


Description: Children's Book- In a nature tour format, the authors portray the seasons of this famous island. They present facts about the area's ecology while focusing on the ponies. The tone is conversational, written in an informal style and defining equine terms in context. One or two full-color photos on each page show the animals in their habitat. Scenes show both the natural beauty of the island and the ponies in action, sometimes in humorous poses. Photos and text promote Assateague's wildness while cautioning readers about humankind's effects on the fragile environment. Suggest this as background for readers of Marguerite Henry's books, and as a supplement to Jack Scott's Island of Wild Horses



Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay


Author: William W. Warner


Description: William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. This wonderful work contains all you ever wanted to know about the life cycle of one particular kind of crab that lives in Chesapeake Bay (the kind you probably smashed with mallets if you ever went to that area). Surprisingly, for most of its life, the Atlantic blue crab has nothing to do with beer. Taking it for a focus, Warner draws connections with the sea, the rivers, the crab-friendly environment that produced such a wealth of the creatures, and then the people who live from that wealth, the islanders who lived isolated for centuries, but are now firmly within the web of modern life. Warner tells of the marketing of crabs, the catching of other Chesapeake products like oysters, and even of festivals like a Miss Crustacean contest ! You can learn about esoterica like crab pots, the Waterman's Union, the religious heritage of crabbers, and lots more.



Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: An Ecological Treasure


Author: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto


Description: Beautiful photos of Chincoteague National Wildlife: birds, ponies, sunsets. Not a lot of detailed information but it is a photography book primarily and nice to look at and dream of being there.



Chincoteague Revisited: A Sojourn to the Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (Hardcover)


Author: Dorothy Camagna and Jennifer Cording


Description: Through Dorothy Camagna’s artful photography and Jennifer Cording’s essays, Chincoteague Revisited captures the essence of the community, ecology and the natural landscape of this unique place off Virginia’s coast. The first essay, "Community", welcomes readers to island life and to the islanders themselves—an uncommon culture of people who share a common bond. Local watermen, decoy carvers and shop owners ply their trade; visitors from everywhere transform the community in the spring; simple, whitewashed houses line Main Street, and the Channel Bass Inn bed and breakfast invites afternoon callers to tea. Townspeople and visitors enjoy the traditional Christmas parade and the tastes of the annual oyster festival. Chincoteague Island comes to life in poetry and pictures. The next essay, "Refuge", centers on the mystery and beauty of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge—its seashore, marshlands, maritime forests and wildlife. Through Camagna’s expert eye and Cording’s sensitive language, the sun sets on the loblolly pine, and the great egret takes its majestic flight towards Chincoteague Bay. The most famous inhabitants of Assateague Island, the wild ponies, also call the refuge home. Each July, local cowboys herd the ponies for their swim across the channel to Chincoteague’s shore, where the foals are auctioned at the annual Firemen’s Carnival. And finally, the essay titled "Transitions" focuses on the ecological and seasonal changes of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. "It is a delicate balance," writes Cording of the fragile combination of a beautiful natural landscape and thousands of human visitors who descend on the island each season. Chincoteague Revisited is a rare collection of over one hundred full color photographs with accompanying essays—from aerial shots of the coastline and barrier islands, to intimate portraits of the water, land and people that make Chincoteague Island a destination to be visited, revisited and remembered.



Misty of Chincoteague


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her--that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can't live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next "Pony Penning Day" does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether. Marguerite Henry's Newbery Honor Book has captivated generations of boys and girls both with its thrilling descriptions of true incidents from the tiny island of Chincoteague, and its realistic yet wonderfully magical atmosphere. This story of an animal brought into captivity poignantly reveals the powerful opposing forces of humans and nature. Wesley Dennis's pen-and-ink ponies are masterfully depicted with rippling muscles, shaggy coats, and free spirits.



Off 13: The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook


Author: Kirk Mariner


Description: Kirk Mariner's book "Off 13 - The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook" offers a highly informative and entertaining guide to an overlooked but tranquil peninsula bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, not far from the Nation's Capital. Many people know of Chincoteague but may not be aware that the rest of the Virginia eastern shore is well worth exploring. "Off 13" is full of interesting anecdotes and historical information about the area and its many little towns as well as useful and practical information for travellers.



Once upon an island: The history of Chincoteague


Author: Kirk Mariner


Description: This book is not just another collection of essays and sepia pictures about a local landmark or town. Kirk Mariner's review is a thoughtful and thorough history of a small island community - as thorough as one can be when natural history and the lack of written records affect the narrative as often as it does Chincoteague.



Voices of the Chincoteague: Memories of Greenbackville and Franklin City (VA)


Author: Martha A. Burns and Linda S. Hartsock


Description: Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, people flocked to boom towns like Greenbackville and Franklin City on Virginia's remote Chincoteague Bay to cash in on the lucrative oyster trade. Most eventually settled for simple rural lives, living a cash and barter economy, commuting on foot or by boat, always closely tied to the tide and water. From mystery in the marsh to jealous lovers, these accounts of life on the Bay are filled with work boats, crab pots, and saltwater. About the Author As come eres newcomers to the Eastern Shore, authors Martha A. Burns and Linda S. Hartsock bring a fresh perspective to life on the Bay. They present here the memories of a vanishing way of life in rural America, largely in the words of those who lived it and worked it. Much of the language, insights, and emotion of the last century are here for all to read, coupled with the authors' observations and interpretations of their neighbors and the bay they call home.



Wallops Island (Images of America: Virginia) (Paperback)


Author: Nan Devincent Hayes and Bowen Bennett


Description: Located in Accomack County on Virginiaís Eastern Shore, Wallops Island was once a primitive swath of land, uncivilized but by the wild ponies and mosquitoes that made its scrub-covered shores their home. But as the centuries passed, the wildness of the island was radically altered by the influx of colonists, then vacationers, and, eventually, some of the brightest scientific minds in the country. ÝÝThe history of Wallops Island has been one of transition. In the colonial period, John Wallop, an industrious man and self-made millionaire, was granted much of the islandís acreage by the English Crown for providing assistance to new colonists trying to reach Virginia. In 1889, Wallops Island was bought and converted into a vacation destination for a handful of wealthy families from Pennsylvania, who, in turn, sold the island to the federal government in the 1940s. Once in the hands of NASA the island was transformed into a center for the high-tech development of rockets, missiles, and the means for space travel. From weather balloons and Tiamat missiles to aerodynamics and hurricane research, the Wallops Island Flight Facility and its predecessors have been instrumental in the evolution and success of the American space program.





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